Author: Dan Poblocki
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: August 1, 2012
Genre: Middle Grade Paranormal
Length: 258 pages
Kentucky Bluegrass Award (2014)
Junior Library Guild Selection for Fall (2012)
SSYRA Nominee (2014)
South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee (2014)
Iowa Children's Choice Award Nominee (2014)
NH Isinglass Award Nominee (2013)
Does an abandoned asylum hold the key to a frightful haunting?
Everyone's heard the stories about Graylock Hall.
It was meant to be a place of healing - a hospital where children and teenagers with mental disorders would be cared for and perhaps even cured. But something went wrong. Several young patients died under mysterious circumstances. Eventually, the hospital was shut down, the building abandoned and left to rot deep in the woods.
As the new kid in town, Neil Cady wants to see Graylock for himself. Especially since rumor has it that the building is haunted. He's got fresh batteries in his flashlight, a camera to document the adventure, and a new best friend watching his back.
Neil might think he's prepared for what he'll find in the dark and decrepit asylum. But he's certainly not prepared for what follows him home....
Scary, suspenseful, and surprising, Dan Poblocki's latest ghost story will keep you turning pages deep into the dead of night.
Neil Cady and his sister Bree are visiting their aunts when they hear the story of nearby Graylock Hall, an abandoned mental institution for children and young adults where several children drowned, supposedly under the hands of a nurse that worked there. Their curiosity gets the best of them and they end up exploring the decrepit building. Shortly after they are visited by the ghost of a drowned girl. Is she the nurse, there to exact revenge on them for trespassing? Or a victim?
It might just be because I read this the week before Halloween when I was watching nearly every 'haunting' movie on Netflix, but this book actually really creep'd me out at times. It wasn't really scary though or I would have given it a better rating. I found myself skimming forward through the mundane parts to get right to the story revolving around the ghost but luckily there wasn't much unrelated story line and it was a pretty quick read.